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Leinster To Hold Open Training Session At Tullow RFC

Leinster To Hold Open Training Session At Tullow RFC

Rhys Ruddock and Ed Byrne are pictured during Leinster's open training session at Longford RFC in August ©INPHO/Tom Maher

Having successfully completed their 12 County Tour over the pre-season, where the Leinster squad visited 12 locations in two action-packed days, head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that his side are once again hitting the road.

Leinster Rugby will take their training away from UCD and Energia Park, as an open training session has been announced for Tullow RFC on Thursday, November 10.

Cullen and his squad will hold an open training session from 2.30pm at the home club of Leinster’s contact skills coach Sean O’Brien.

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This will be an opportunity for the public to meet with Cullen, his coaches and players as well as to see them training up close.

“After a great 12 County Tour during the summer where we were welcomed with open arms in the schools, clubs and colleges that we visited, we are all looking forward to getting back out there again,” said Cullen.

“We missed those opportunities so much during Covid, to meet the great people in our clubs, our schools and our communities. Not just the supporters missing from our games, but the people on the ground.

“The volunteers and the coaches, the referees, the parents supporting the kids and bringing them to minis and training and matches. It’s important for us to get out and meet them.

“That connection between us, as a team, and the supporters and our communities, is crucial and we have enjoyed that being back during the off-season and now again at games during the season with things like the new fan zone at the RDS before and after games.

“It’s been great and this is just another element to that and us getting out there, and where better than to Seanie’s home where I’m sure there will be a brilliant welcome for him and all the lads.”

Local hero O’Brien is similarly looking forward to the event next month and welcoming the team back home.

“Everyone knows how passionate I am and invested I am still in Tullow and what that club did for me and the support they still give to me to this day, so it’s great to bring the lads down there and to give something back,” said the Carlow man.

“It’s important for us to get out there. The clubs and the Shane Horgan Cup player pathway for lads, or Sarah Robinson Cup for girls, is a crucial part of the system in Leinster and days like this help to inspire the next generation.

“It’s about families and communities at the end of the day and what people do in clubs up and down the country, day in, day out and week in, week out and it’s the same in Tullow.

“I think of the Browne family, the O’Brien family and the Canavans. Brilliant people. And they will enjoy having the lads down. Everyone will. It’ll be great and hopefully the weather plays ball.”

Leinster’s upcoming open training session will take place in Tullow RFC on their 4G pitch, on Thursday, November 10 at 2.30pm.

There will be opportunities for autographs and photographs with the players and coaches after the training session, but everyone is welcome to attend.